Fueled by a new interest in the individual, the birth of the Renaissance in Florence in the 15th century brought a rebirth of the long dormant art of Portraiture. What better place to study the practice and history of Portraiture than in Monte Castello di Vibio, just a stone’s throw from that extraordinary city?
In this two-week workshop, students will be immersed in the Art of the Portrait. Working daily from the live model, they will study the structure of the head, beginning with seeing the skull as it presents itself in each individual. Through demonstrations, slide presentations, and one on one critiques as they work, they will learn to identify the shapes and planes specific to an individual model and to understand the principles of traditional design inherent in each portrait.
Class time will be supplemented with two field trips to world class museums in Florence and Rome. These excursions will serve to deepen students’ understanding of the skills and concepts they’re learning. In addition, they’ll come to appreciate the history of Portraiture itself and its place in the overall history of art.
Students are welcome to draw or paint, depending upon their level of experience.
Karen Warshal has been teaching Portraiture for the last 25 years, the last 12 of which have been at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore where students seek her out for her traditional approach. She’s a classically trained artist whose work draws heavily on the art of the past. She maintains a consistent practice of drawing and painting models in her studio in Baltimore where others artist and students regularly join her. She is the recipient of a Maryland State Arts Council Grant, a finalist in the ARC Salon, and the 8th prize winner in the National Portrait Society’s recent Members’ Competition. She is a member of the National Portrait Society and of the International Guild of Realist Artists. She is also the owner and director of Perspective Tours, LLC, her company through which she has been organizing and leading art historical tours of Italy since 1998. Watching the wonder and excitement on people’s faces as they discover the treasures of Italy’s museums and churches has been one of the highlights of her career.